Keep reading for a detailed breakdown of what to expect at EuroBeachVolley this week, and watch the semis and finals right here on FloVolleyball, Aug.
Mol, 22, and Sorum, 23, played their first FIVB tournament together in and were on-and-off partners through the season, but by they were dominating.
The Gstaad Major marked their first senior World Tour win, and they followed that up with two more consecutive victories in Vienna and Hamburg to close out the season. Stoyanovskiy and Krasilnikov are the newly crowned world champions, beating Thole and Wickler in the gold-medal match in Hamburg last month.
Laura Ludwig and Maggie Kozuch top my list of teams that could take advantage of these absences and win the European Championship.
Ludwig, a Olympics gold medalist and four-time European champion, had her first child last July and then in January, her partner Kira Walkenhorst retired due to injuries.
Their results page shows a lot of 25th, ninths, and 17ths, but last week in Vienna, they broke through, taking a fifth, defeating many good teams along the way. Thirty-one-year-old Van Iersel has two European Championships gold medals and is currently in her second season play with year-old Joy Stubbe.
Menegatti is another previous European champion, having won with Greta Cicolari in when Menegatti was just 20 years old. Graudina plays for the USC beach volleyball team and in boasted a record at the No. On the World Tour this summer, Graudina and Kravcenoka have thrice placed ninth, including at the World Championships.
EuroBeachVolley begins with pool play Aug. Then elimination begins, with it all culminating in the semis and medal rounds over the weekend.
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